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March 12, 2002 6:32 AM   Subscribe

"Dude, Where's My Lawyer?" Note to self: Leave 3,600 grams of opium (allegedly) at home.
posted by KevinSkomsvold (13 comments total)

Its one thing to go to prison for life in the US, its another thing when its in another country. Its even worse when you realize that the same offense in the US carries a completely different sentance. I feel for the guy - as dumb as he may be. ...assuming that he did it.
posted by tomplus2 at 6:43 AM on March 12, 2002

tomplus2: Does it carry a different sentence in the US? From what the article says he is probably getting 10 years to life. Would he get a much more lenient sentence if he was caught with 3.6 kilos of opium in a US airport?
posted by talos at 6:53 AM on March 12, 2002

What was he doing in Pakistan? And can someone with knowledge of both weights/measures and the drug culture tell me if that's a lot of opium? It sounds like a lot of opium.
posted by jalexei at 6:54 AM on March 12, 2002

It's a lot of opium.
posted by vbfg at 6:55 AM on March 12, 2002

it's actor bashing time...

awww, yeah...

at least, i'm assuming it's that guy. i'm with the rest of, "what was he doing in pakistan?"
posted by lotsofno at 6:58 AM on March 12, 2002

tomplus2: Sort of like that British[1] guy you Yanks are planning to execute tonight, huh?

[1] technically, a British passport holder.
posted by salmacis at 7:11 AM on March 12, 2002

Maybe he was there to buy the drugs, can't think of any reason other than that for him to be there.
posted by bittennails at 7:25 AM on March 12, 2002

It's not either of the main actors in "Dude, Where's My Car?" It's some other guy in the movie, but "musclehead" descriptive enough for me to recall who he is.
posted by jragon at 7:27 AM on March 12, 2002

it is possible that he could have got out of this by bribing the officials that 'found' the heroin on him.
there have been many cases of people leaving countries with this approach to drug-related crime sentencing, who are detained after being found in possesion of substances that they claim to have never seen before. IMHO at least some of them are telling the truth. the police get rewards for drug arrests, if you can offer more you go free.
posted by asok at 8:07 AM on March 12, 2002

Yes, it's a serious omission not to explain what he was doing in that country. If he was there for a legitimate purpose, one would expect to be told.
posted by fleener at 8:16 AM on March 12, 2002

Yeh, a budding actor with atleast one gig in hollywood, 21 years of age, in Pakistan ? If he was smuggling opium, I say send him in for life.
posted by adnanbwp at 8:31 AM on March 12, 2002

He's also credited as "Prom Boy" in the flick Bounce. At first I couldn't remember a prom scene in the movie and then it occured to me:

There's a scene in a diner when Affleck and Paltrow are on a date. At the booth behind them, there is a couple that have just come from (or are going to) a prom.

I'm betting this still doesn't ring any bells with anyone. :)
posted by dobbs at 11:36 AM on March 12, 2002

Can someone with knowledge of both weights/measures and the drug culture tell me if that's a lot of opium?

As previously noted, 3,600 grams = about 3.6 kilos, which is about 8 pounds. Based on observations way older than the statute of limitations, a gram of opium is about a half inch cube, so 3,600 grams would be roughly the size of a 5-inch-thick phone book.
posted by sacre_bleu at 1:00 PM on March 12, 2002

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